Edible Floam

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

A recipe of sorts.  Sorry I don’t have pics….

 

Edible Floam

By Lisa Pratt

AKA… Popped Amaranth Balls

 

Popped amaranth

Peanut butter (the natural kind)

Honey (raw is best!)

 

This is a variation of the goody balls where you take oatmeal and mix in peanut butter and honey.  So, just mix together some peanut butter and honey.  Make it as sweet as you like.   Add some popped amaranth.  You may need to adjust the amounts to make the right consistency.  My children love to mold the Floam into fun shapes and then eat it.  Last time it was snowmen.  This is so yummy.

 

How to pop Amaranth:  You get a tall soup pot and heat it over medium to medium-high heat (About the same temperature as you use for popcorn.)  Get it nice and hot.  You will know it is ready when you add a pinch of whole amaranth and it pops after a few seconds.  Add one Tablespoon of amaranth to the pot and start watching the grain fly.  It is fun.  Those little balls go everywhere!  (I usually have to cover the top of the pot with my hot pads.)  Shake the pot every now and then while it is popping.  When the popping slows down, remove from the heat and put amaranth in a separate bowl.  They do burn easily, and so if that happens, feed it to the chickens and start with another Tablespoon.  I usually do about 4-5 Tablespoons for my crew.

 

Cal’s Juggling Tricks

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Calvin has been practicing his juggling and is getting quite good.  Here is a Smilebox of his fun tricks.  By the way, he made these movies himself, too.

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More Painting Fun

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Calvin and I had fun painting these two pieces for a Children’s Room.  This furniture was destined for the trash.  So, we Upcycled them by painting them this fun turquoise color.  I used a homemade chalk paint.  I think they turned out really cute.

Talia wanted to play with the fun toys.

 Here are the before pictures.  (I forgot to take one of the table before we started painting, so here it is partway done.)

Pretty nasty, huh?

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I think they turned out way cute!  We are going to sell this set.

In Progress….

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

I’m in the middle of another project.  I’m re-doing Grandma’s ice-box.  It is a family heirloom.  I call her “Ana White” because last summer I made her into a tool shed for some of my tools.  (Ana from www.ana-white.com is an inspiration to me, so I thought the name fit her perfectly.) I added some peg board and she has worked really well for me.

Meet Ana:

 

Unfortunately, Ana has seen some neglect over the past many years.  She has been outside in the elements.  I had her under my carport for a while and Grandma had her outside in a shed for a  few years.  Who knows before that?  Also, when we moved just recently, she didn’t make it inside the studio and so then she was out in the rain and snow for a couple of months.  Her white paint job started to chip and peel very badly.  It was time to take care of Ana and give her a face-lift.   So, a couple of days ago I began to tackle the project.

Well, I was trying to move Ana with the help of Calvin and I just didn’t have a good grip.  We got in a bit of a fight.

Can you tell who won?

 

Yup.  Sure, Ana got a bit scraped up….

But, clearly she had the upper hand….

Yes,  It hurts.  Yes, it is hideous.  But, it’s life.  It will heal.  It keeps getting worse.  Avalon saw me yesterday morning and said, “Mom!  Why are you wearing Make-Up???”  (It is funny because I just told Elizabeth that I was going to start wearing make-up again.  It’s been ten years!  What do you think?  Does MAGENTA eye shadow fit me?  Ha!)

So, I’ll have to keep you posted on Ana’s progress.  Right now I need to get all of the paint off.  And decide on a color.  I may just do a shade of white again, but I might be talked into something different.  Any thoughts?

On another note, it was “School Beautification Day” at Ivan’s school so I took the rest of the children and we volunteered for an hour.  We got to clean the Home Ec room.  We had fun.  Well, Avy and I had fun.  The boys just put up with it, thought they were a great help!

Have a great day!

 

A Picnic Table Redo

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013


I had fun refinishing Grandma’s picnic table.  The red stain and poly she used before didn’t last that long.  The surface was really rough and yucky.  I did take a picture, but I lost it.  So, just imagine a red-ish picnic table in bad condition.

So, I first sanded it down on all of the surfaces I could get to.  I also tightened bolts and reinforced some places with wood and new screws.  Here it is ready to paint.

Then, I mixed up some home made chalk paint.  Which is really just some latex oops paint I got from home depot with some ‘non-sanded grout’ that Elizabeth gave me.  It makes the paint thicker and it adheres to the wood nicely.  I did a nice thick first layer and then did another layer on the tops and sides of the benches and table.  I used a paint brush to apply the paint.

I LOVE the light turquoise color.

Then, I let it cure for a few days.  I had a hard time keeping the chickens off of it.  Those chickens poop EVERYWHERE!!!  Yes, there are chickens at my new home.  (Our upstairs neighbors own them and they are “free range”.)  We constantly have to be careful where we walk.  But, the eggs will be good one day….when they start laying….if they can find them….  Happy Easter!

I store the table like this so that the chickens can’t poop on it as easily.

So, back to the table.  Yesterday I sanded down the edges a bit to distress the table.  I can’t say that I love the way it sanded down.  Plus, if I only did a light sanding, the paint turned this weird green.  I think REAL chalk paint wouldn’t have this problem, but the latex was kind of funky.  I look forward to spending a bit more for the real stuff and seeing the difference.

So, there it is.  This was a fun project and I look forward to more projects this summer.  Now, it is time to have a picnic!!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Happy Mother’s Day to two of the BEST MOM’s EVER!

 

We love you!

 

Happy 5th Birthday!

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

Avalon is now FIVE years old.  She had several parties and tons of fun.  This is the birthday cake that Grandma and I put together for Avy and Emily.  (I LOVE Emily’s face in this picture.  It makes me smile every time I see it.)

 

We love having Avalon in our family.  She is always full of love and happiness.  She is ALL girl.  In fact, Grandma gave her some birthday money and she bought play make-up and a new pair of “heels”.  (Remember that she is FIVE…..pray for me….)  She loves to sing and dance and be pretty.  She has a great imagination and is such a delight in our family.  We love you, Avy!

Here is a slideshow for more pictures of the excitement:

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Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

We started a new family tradition today for Easter.  We did a mini-sunrise Easter service.  We went outside as the sun was rising.  We said a prayer, sang an Easter hymn (Christ the Lord is Ris’n Today) and then shouted, “He is risen” three times.  Simple, yet beautiful.  Then, we came inside and ate creamed eggs on biscuits for breakfast.  It was Great.

The girls got new Easter dresses.  (Thank you, Grandma Allen!)  The girls looked so beautiful.  The sun was bright, hence the strange faces.

I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who sent his Son, Jesus Christ to the Earth.  Jesus Christ  is my Savior and was resurrected that Easter Sunday long ago.  I know this is true and I look forward to my own resurrection one day.   What a blessed day that will be.

He is Risen!  He is Risen!  He is Risen!

For Sale

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Our little Payson home is for sale.  If you know of anyone who is looking for a rental property in Payson, Utah, this is the place!  It is located on a busy road and RIGHT on the train tracks, so it may not be the safest place for children.  But, we have lived there four years and have trained our children to be safe.  It would be perfect for an older couple as well.  And, it really was perfect for us.

There is a huge fenced back yard with a great garden spot.  We kept chickens there and it is zoned for livestock.  Technically, it is .25 acres, but no one owns the other .25 acre, so we fenced it in.  There are some well established trees and my boys had a wonderful time building tree houses and digging ditches, etc.   The property also falls under some sort of “grandfather clause” that allows you to run a business on the property.  The only stipulation is that it HAS to be a residence.  You cannot just have it as an office.   There is plenty of space to park heavy equipment.

The Master Bedroom

Second Bedroom

Third Bedroom

Living Room with Wood Burning Stove

 Bathroom

Kitchen

Square Foot Garden

(There is also a bigger row garden area.)

 

The main living area is about 900 square feet and there is a large cellar under the house for storage (our saving grace for this little home.)  The cellar is about 200 sq. feet and is accessible from inside the home.

Unfortunately for US this home will be a “short sale”.  But, that is good news for the buyer!  Whoever buys this home is getting a steal.  The listing doesn’t exactly show this home in the best light, but I guess that is what you want for a short sale.  I don’t get it.  And, it is up to the bank if they will even accept the listing price.

You can click on the link below for the official listing, price, contact info, etc.  And, thank you for looking and passing this on to anyone who might be in the market to buy a house!

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Mischief or Exploration?

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Well, we have moved and it is going very well.  Grandma Pratt is doing well and she is being so gracious in allowing us to basically take over her home.  It will be quite some time before it is childproof (although as we know, completely child proof is unrealistic, as anyone who has children knows…)

Talia loves to explore.  I don’t think she is really being mischievous yet, but right now we do have to watch her more closely than any of our other children.  I know that if it gets too quiet, I better go hunting…..

We are trying to teach the older children to keep the bathroom door closed, but it is a constant battle.  The other day Talia got into Grandma’s make up drawer.  It was too cute not to take a picture.

Well, it happened again a few days later!  I wasn’t about to take any more pictures, but Ivan was the one to discover her and so he took some pics and a video.  This time Talia got everything covered and was sparkly for some time afterward.

Beauty Queen

Click on the link below to see a 17 second video of Talia wreaking havoc on Grandma’s lipstick.

http://youtu.be/KdKJG8wplOw

 

Grandma has since moved her make-up bag AND I think I owe her a new tube of lipstick!  Ha!